The name of Henry Cowell (1897-1965) may be unfamiliar to many classical music listeners, but Cowell is one of the biggest influences on modern American music, inspiring composers as disparate as John Cage, George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach, and generations down to this day. His own music isn't heard that often, but on this month's Discoveries we'll listen to three fascinating pieces out of his gargantuan and stylistically surprising catalog. We'll also talk to musicologist Gary Galvan, who will share some of the facets of Cowell's life and music that made him the important figure that he is.
Susan Lewis considers the intersection of environmentalism and art with a visit to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Asian Arts Initiative. The two venues are now hosting work by environmental artists from Taiwan.
Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.
Witness Intimidation in Philadelphia: City, State, and Federal Lawmakers Strive to Halt the Practice
Philadelphia, PA – As a result of witness intimidation incidents becoming increasingly more frequent, the City of Philadelphia dedicated $200,000 to a new witness-protection program in late June 2010. WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look at some of the ways that city, state, and federal lawmakers are planning to combat and tackle the problem.
Jim Cotter speaks with Conrad Anker. His 2007 expedition to Mt. Everest to retrace the steps of the 1920s British explorer George Mallory is the subject of a newly released documentary film from National Geographic, which opened at the Franklin Institute on August 6, 2010.
Susan Lewis considers art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and their gifts of 50 works to a museum in each of the 50 states, as well as related exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.